I wish all CSBE/SCGAB members and well-wishers the very best in 2011. It is going to be an exciting year and I am counting on your continued and full support and cooperation. Preparations are well underway to hold a very successful CSBE/SCGAB Annual Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, from July 10-13, 2011. The theme for the conference is “Growing Renewable Energy”. I encourage all of you to make plans to attend this conference in very friendly Manitoba. For program/conference information, please go to www.bioeng.ca/agm2011-program.
Let me start by reiterating that I am very proud to be your President and I will do everything in my power to lead the Society in 2010-11 and make it stronger and better.
First of all, I want to thank our Past-President, Dennis Hodgkinson, for doing an excellent job as President of the Society during 2009-2010. I attended many meetings and teleconferences chaired by Dennis and I very quickly started admiring his leadership qualities, organizational skills, and clear focus. I have learnt a lot from him and I want to thank him once again on behalf of all of you for doing a splendid job as our President. We continue to look forward to his help and support as he wears a new hat as the Past-President of CSBE/SCGAB.
Many of you are aware of the fact that I have decided to step down as the Secretary-Manager for the Society. This will be my last newsletter. It has been my great pleasure to serve in this position since late 2003. I hope that you have enjoyed the news as presented in the newsletter. Just in case you thought that all I have done was the newsletter publishing I am listing the complete formal duties of the Secretary-Manager.
The past year has come and gone very quickly. In PEI in mid-July 2009, as I accepted the gavel from Stephan Lemay, I knew that time would literally fly past, and it has.
Most of the activities in which I have undertaken have been of a caretaking nature. I have helped council to attend to the regular business of the society through several business meetings conducted by teleconference, seeking to help council find a balance between free expression and time sensitivity. I have also represented our Society on the ASABE Board of Trustees, and participated in discussions concerning the engagement of a new Executive Director for our sister society. In addition, I have participated on a Subcommittee of the Board, tasked with identifying and assessing all of the counterparties relationships in which ASABE participates. The work of developing a formal management system for these relationships will continue beyond my tenure on the Board.
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